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Mid-Century Modern Games

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Brass Mid Century Tic Tac Toe Square Game Set on Lucite Base
Located in North Miami, FL
This polished brass Mid-Century Modern Tac Tac Toe square game set has 10 players total of X'S and 0"s. A new lucite base was made to give it height and easier room to play. All was ...
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1950s Taiwanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Brass

D.Invernon Equilibrist Wood Sculpture, 2020
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Equilibrist sculpture by D. Invernon, 2020. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Materials: Wood Dimensions: ...
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2010s European Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Set of Ten Vintage Gymnastic Maces in Wood, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ten vintage gymnastic maces by unknown manufacturer from France, circa 1960. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Full Set of Midcentury Black and White Vintage Dominoes in Original Packaging
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Complete set of black and white Bakelite dominoes. In original packaging. Each domino is a creamy white with black accents. A great way to pass time on the patio with family and f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

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Bakelite

Staunton 3.5 Hardwood Weighted Chess Set Original Box, Ca 1950
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good and complete English handmade hardwood "weighted" chess set game of 32 pieces, in its original box, made by Petrushkin Games in the UK and dating to the mid 20th centu...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Games

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Hardwood

Set of Vintage Very Large Pick-Up Sticks
Located in Palm Beach, FL
As if something from a bygone era, a larger than life set of wood pick-up sticks set to rest in a round wood base. Let the games begin. Each stick diameter is .5".
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Games

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Hardwood

Ko Verzuu for Ado, Mid-Century Modern, Wood Blocks Construction Netherlands Toy
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Toy designed by Ko Verzuu, circa 1930. Manufactured by ADO in Netherlands. ADO Blokken, canvas bag with a set of wooden blocks / cubes to play. In good original condition, wit...
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1930s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Canvas, Wood

Set of Three Antique Skittles in Wood, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of three antique skittles, circa 1950. From unknown manufacturer, Spain. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Paper

1960s William Spratling "Dominoes" Set
Located in Mexico City, MX
This is a perfect example of a great work by the most influential designer of his generation in Mexico. This 1960s Dominoes set is made of wood and silver inlay. Very few pieces lik...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Hardwood

32-Piece Chess Set, Brutalist Style Handcrafted Steel Nail Silver and Bronze
Located in Chattanooga, TN
32-piece, Brutalist style handcrafted steel nail silver and bronze chess set. Each individual nail has a small crown shaped chop which possibly identifies the maker. Each King, Queen...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal, Brass

Big Leather Die Card Game Box Italy Dice Vintage Midcentury Object Casino Gift
Located in Washington, DC
Nice worn red leather covered box in form of a die. Slotted interior for 3 decks of cards.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Leather

Vintage 360 Bonzini Table Football, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table football by Bonzini from France, circa 1960. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Material: Metal Wood ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal

Vintage Large Professional Foosball Table Football Oak Frame Steel Players
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer this professional grade large hand made in England oak framed with steel players Futbolin UK foosball table Professional Standards and Luxury Style. A...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal

1960s Vintage White and Bronze Color Bohemia Glass Czech Chess Set in Blue Box
Located in New York, NY
A one-of-a-kind vintage Bohemian chess game of modern design, the detailed figurative chess pieces are molded in Bohemian crystal with frosted white color and a unique copper smoked ...
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1960s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Crystal

Mid-Century Modern South African Hand Made Brass and Leather Chess Set
Located in Weesp, NL
South African 1970's rare hand made brass chess set in perfect condition. The foldable board is made of leather. The height of the King is 8cm. The hight of the Antilope/Horse is als...
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1970s South African Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Brass

Vintage Marble Chess Board with Hand Carved Green and White Onyx Chess Pieces
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage large heavy marble chess set complete board in white and black with chess set with elaborately onyx hand carved chess pieces. Complete green malachite and white marble stone...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Stone, Malachite, Onyx

Vintage Spacecraft Fairground, circa 1980
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Vintage spacecraft fairground, by unknown manufacturer, circa 1980. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Material:...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Iron

Vintage B60 After Bonzini Table Football
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table football style of Bonzini from France, circa 1990. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Material: Metal Wood Di...
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1990s French Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Gold and Silver Chess Set
Located in Weesp, NL
This big, elegant and stylish Mid-Century Modern Italian gold and silver chess set is truly stunning. The pieces are made of gold and silver plated Mastic and in fantastic condition....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Gold Plate, Silver Plate

Signed Acrylic Modernist Bauhaus Inspired Chess Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large, and quite spectacular acrylic Mid Century chess set. The board is very thick and substantial on four thick disk legs, the pieces are defined by a painted yellow or orange co...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Games

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Acrylic

Curtis Jere Tic - Tac - Toe Onyx and Metal Sculptures or Bookends
Located in Saint Louis, MO
One of a kind Curtis Jere onyx and metal Tic Tac Toe sculptures or bookends, sold individually or as a pair. All of Jere's Tic Tac Toe sculptures are unique and made from Onyx. Both ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Onyx, Metal

Decorative Object Tower's Chess from the 1960s
Located in bari, IT
Original decorative object depicting an element of the game of chess, the rook, 1960s production in bronze with wooden base.
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Bronze

1970s French Modernist Glass Brass and Chrome Chess Set
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
1970s chess set designed and manufactured in France. Glass board with brass feet. chrome-plated steel and brass pieces. Chess board measures: 41cm x 41cm x H 2.5cm King measur...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Brass, Chrome

Maria Pergay Style Stainless Steel and Brass Box
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant modernist 1960s stainless steel and brass decorative box reminiscent of French designer Maria Pergay's work. Streamline rectangular shape with brass accent featuring gambling...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal, Brass, Stainless Steel

Vintage Dice Cocktail Set, Swizzle Sticks by Exclusive Playing Card Co.
Located in Nantucket, MA
Vintage set of 6 swizzle sticks. The dice cocktail set, made by Exclusive Playing Company in its original box. Six swizzle sticks in clear Lucite with colored dice on top stand in ho...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

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Bakelite, Lucite

Modernist Chess Set #5606 by Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
A chessboard made from black and natural leather with 32 nickel pieces. Designed in the 1950s by Carl Auböck. Made in Vienna.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Games

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Nickel

Stella Champion Babyfoot Fooseball Table, circa 1940s
Located in Gloucester, GB
Stella champion babyfoot fooseball table, circa 1940s - Cast steel players - Original aluminium ash trays - Pine body and legs with original yellow and red paint - Original cor...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Pine

Must De Cartier Paris Vintage Playing Poker or Bridge Cards in Red Original Box
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Cartier playing cards, one deck plus joker, poker, bridge playing cards in Cartier red 2-doors case. Les Must De Cartier playing cards were only sold from 1972-1976. This silk-line...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Paper

Miguel Berrocal La Mini Cariatide Puzzle Sculpture
Located in Washington, DC
Intricate puzzle sculpture by Spanish artist Miguel Berrocal. Sculpture consists of 25 individual pieces, plus one brass heart that is a wearable ring. Comes complete with original b...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal

Original Vintage 1966 Austin Cox Chess Set
Located in East Hampton, NY
Marked Austin Enterprises to the bottom of every piece, this wonderful vintage aluminum chess game set from 1966 comes in its original box. The box can be hung on the wall (see im...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Aluminum

Vintage Set of Baccarat or Poker Chips and Markers by Cheney of England
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage set of baccarat or poker chips and markers in a blue custom case with red crushed velvet storage departments by Cheney of England, circa 1950s. The set is in very good condit...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Games

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Bakelite

Ko Verzuu for Ado, Mid-Century Modern, Wood Blocks Construction Netherlands Toy
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Toy designed by Ko Verzuu, circa 1930. Manufactured by ADO in Netherlands. ADO Blokken, canvas bag with a set of wooden blocks / cubes to play. In good original condition, wit...
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1930s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Canvas, Wood

Les Must de Cartier Playing Cards, 1980
Located in CH
Cartier playing cards, one deck plus joker, poker, bridge playing cards. Les Must de Cartier playing cards were only sold from 1972-1976. It’s a gift for the true collector. Bea...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Leather

American Flipper Metal USA 1970s Gottilieb & Co.
Located in Milano, IT
Flipper with metal structure, still working.
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Metal

Ko Verzuu for Ado, Mid-Century Modern, Wood Blocks Construction Netherlands Toy
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Toy designed by Ko Verzuu, circa 1930. Manufactured by ADO in Netherlands. ADO Blokken, canvas bag with a set of wooden blocks / cubes to play. In original condition, with min...
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1930s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Canvas, Wood

Medieval Chess Set by Duncan on Onyx Board
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful medieval style chess set with onyx chessboard. The ceramic chess pieces are made by Duncan and are hand painted, they range from 3" high (pawns) to 4.5" high (king) and are...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

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Onyx

Rare First Edition Magic Game of "Juego de Magia Borras", 1933
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
First edition of the well-known Spanish magic game 'Juego de Magia'. Manufactured by Borras Plana in 1933. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and u...
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1930s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Paper

Carved Green Malachite and Marble Chess Set - Mexico
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Complete green Malachite and white marble stone chessboard with game pieces. Hand carved from three different types of stone, this striking gameboard will be a gorgeous addition to a...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Games

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Stone, Malachite, Quartz, Marble

Hand Carved Marble Chess Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hand carved marble and bone chess set. This stunning monochrome set features a marble checkerboard inset into a thicker marble frame, which sits atop short marble feet. The intricate...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Games

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Marble

Antique Wooden Croquet Set in Green Yellow Blue Orange Red and Blue
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Antique set of croquet mallets, balls and stakes. Painted in yellow, green, red, orange, black and blue. The set sits in a green stand with metal handle. The balls sit comfortably be...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Wood, Paint

Vintage Italian Malachite and Marple Chess Board, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A circular chess board fashioned from malachite and bone Marple. Manufactured in Italy during the 1960s or 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Malachite

Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Bridge Box by Gerald Benney, London, 1970
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in London, in 1970 by Gerald Benney, this fine quality, Elizabeth II, sterling silver bridge box, is typical of his style, featuring a textured bark effect finish, and a l...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Sterling Silver

1950s Modernist Chess Set
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A modernist chess set in chrome-plated brass with a vintage cork board. The pieces are differentiated by having either a smooth polished finish or a subtle ripple texture.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Brass

Monumental Murano Glass Chessboard 32 Sculptural Pieces Gold Leaf Unique
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Special huge chessboard. The board is about 50 inches square (125 cm square). Set is complete. Two colors, green and cobalt blue. Pieces are completely handmade in Murano. Tallest...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Games

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Gold Leaf

Mid Century Oversized Teak Dice
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage set of oversized wood dice, circa 1960s. This fun and unique pair is handcrafted in old growth teak and can be accessorized with any modern decor. Offered by Mid Century Ma...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Teak

Oldest Game in the World by Skodje Skern
Located in New York, NY
Wenge wood game board by Skodje Skern, Denmark, circa 1960. Game board made from a solid piece of wood, designed for playing "Kahala," one of the earliest known games. Signed ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Mexican Mid-Century Modern Set of Bronze Chess Pieces with Walnut Game Table
Located in Mexico City, MX
Elegant set of Mexican Mid-Century Modern bronze chess pieces. Available with a walnut harp leg game table. The pieces feature a conic design with copper heads. The chess pieces are ...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Bronze

Midcentury Spanish Table Football, Cordoba Model
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
Midcentury Spanish table football in good conditions with players from Real Madrid and Barcelona footbal teams, Córdoba model. Ideal for football fans! Players from the most rival t...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Charles Hollis Jones Lucite Chess Set with Original Nickel Base and Box, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning chess set designed by the Lucite master, Charles Hollis Jones. The set is from the mid-1960s and is in very good original condition, the board has a few surface scratches a...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Nickel

1950s Colorful Wooden Cube Set Made in West Germany by Steiff
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Cube set, children toy in colorful wood, Germany, 1951. Delightful first edition colorful cube set which is handmade and hand-painted. Some of the first Steiff wooden toys between 1...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Carved Wood Puzzle Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern carved wood puzzle sculpture in the shape of a couple gazing into each others eyes, each one having a carved heart inlay that can be removed. The piece has marker ...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Original Eames Giant House of Cards
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Highly collectible, 1950s Eames Giant House of Cards for Tigrett Enterprises. This scarce first-edition deck contains the original 20 large cards printed with colorful graphics from ...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Paper

Custom Monarch Pool Table
Located in Stamford, CT
Custom-made monarch pool table that features Walnut rails with brushed stainless steel frame. Full rack included.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Steel

American Boxed Chess Set 'Chess-Nuts' by Invento for Hammacher Schlemmer.
Located in Port Hope, ON
This complete American Mid Century 'Chess-Nuts' chess set contains pieces entirely constructed from nuts, bolts, washers and wing nuts, all finished in bronze and brass. It was pro...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Extruded Aluminum Chess Set
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century Modern extruded aluminum chess set with 32 stylized figures in the original presentation box. (Stamped: Austin Enterprises 1962, made by ALCOA) Case measurements...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Aluminum